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Istanbul shopping

Say what you like about the consumerist West, a couple of days in Istanbul will illustrate the undeniable fact that Turks just love to shop. Continuing in the vein of their trader ancestors who set up the bazaars and souks in the days of the Silk Road, Istanbullus today still love a good buy; the exponential rise in state-of-the-art malls like Akmerkez, Cevahir, and the much-hyped Kanyon is hard proof of that fact. But whether you're haggling over a kilim in the Grand Bazaar or handing over your AmEx in Harvey Nichols, be warned that, barring a few exceptions, Istanbul is by no means a bargain basement. Imported goods face hefty taxation, and if you want top quality in carpets, jewelry, or ceramics, you'll still pay top price.

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Simay Bülbül, Istanbul

One of the most distinctive designers to recently move into the Galata scene, Simay Bülbül specializes in creations that blend old, mildly...more

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Shopping in Galata, Istanbul

This once shabby neighborhood around the landmark Galata Tower has undergone a remarkable transformation. A host of new boutiques have moved into its pretty...more

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Robinson Crusoe, Beyoğlu

One of a handful of English-language bookshops on, or just off, İstiklal Caddesi, Robinson Crusoe stocks a decent selection of everything from fiction and...more

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Nişantaşı, Istanbul

Less Ali Baba and more Ab Fab, this high-end neighborhood is among Istanbul's most exclusive. It's home to the expected gamut of designer stores (Vuitton,...more

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Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), Beyazıt

Depending on your shopping style, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is either an abundant paradise or a convoluted, serpentine nightmare of sensory overload. Either way,...more

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Eminönü, Istanbul

The streets behind the New Mosque at Eminönü and the Egyptian Bazaar that stretch all the way up to the back entrance of the Grand Bazaar are a maze...more

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Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Çarşisi), Eminönü

The "Grand Bazaar Lite," this is the place to come if size and commotion of the Kapalı Çarşı has given you a headache. Smaller, more...more

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Çukurcuma, Beyoğlu

A great neighborhood for antiques buffs, who may uncover more unusual artifacts than one might find at the Grand Bazaar, Çukurcuma comprises a set of...more

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Beymen, Nişantaşı

Turkey's answer to Saks, this upscale department store can't be ignored, not least due to its vociferous citywide advertising campaign that has giant renditions...more

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Abdulla, Old City

Owner Metin Tosun describes his operation at Abdulla as "giving new soul to old patterns," and indeed this Old City store's fantastic collection of homespun...more

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